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Alan Scott

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology
Psychology & Human Service Stu 100B
2337 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
ascott20@elon.edu (336) 278-5125

Brief Biography

I came to Elon in 2009 having sought an institution where I could fully engage in a balanced manner as a teacher-scholar-mentor.  I strive to share my passion for psychology both inside and outside the classroom, and to engender a greater appreciation of the value of scientific research in the social sciences.  My academic interests include visual, haptic (touch), and auditory perception, human factors psychology as it relates to product design and evaluation of assistive technologies for individuals with visual impairment, and research methods and statistics.

Education

Ph.D.  Boston College

B.S.  University of Wisconsin–Madison

Courses Taught

PSY111 – Introduction to Psychology

PSY242 – Cognitive Psychology

PSY302 – Experimental Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

PSY355 – Sensation and Perception

PSY491 – Independent Study in Psychology

PSY499 – Independent Research in Psychology

Research

My principal research program is strongly interconnected with the mission of Accessible Design for Blind and often involves direct collaborations with its President (Janet M. Barlow) and its Director of Research (Billie Louise Bentzen). Either independently or in collaboration with additional colleagues who are practitioners in the field (i.e., Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists), researchers in the field of low vision and blindness studies, and/or scholars in the field of transportation research and education, we seek to employ human factors research in order to promote a built environment which is accessible to pedestrians and travelers with disabilities - an effort which has focused most specifically on pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision, but which is also sensitive to those who have cognitive, mobility or hearing impairments.

Publications

Sample Publications:

Scott, A. C., Bentzen, B. L., Barlow, J. M., Guth D. A., & Graham, J. (in press). Far-side beaconing for accessible pedestrian signals: Is it confusing?  Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Barlow, J. M., Scott, A. C., Bentzen, B. L., Guth, D. A., & Graham, J. (2013). Effectiveness of audible and tactile heading cues at complex intersections for pedestrians who are blind. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2393, 147-154. doi: 10.3141/2393-17

Scott, A. C., Swenson, L. J., Bentzen, B. L., & Barlow, J. M. (2013). Countdown-only pedestrian change interval displays: Effect on signal recognition by pedestrians with reduced visual acuity. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2384, 10-17. doi: 10.3141/2384-02

Scott, A. C., Atkins, K. N., Bentzen, B. L., & Barlow, J. M. (2012). Perception of pedestrian traffic signals by pedestrians with varying levels of vision.  Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2299, 57-64. doi:10.3141/2299-07

Tiemann, T. K., Scott, A. C., & Atkins, K. N. (2012). Sidewalks, streets, and walkability. Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 2 (3), 41-50.

Scott, A. C., Barlow, J. M., Guth, D. A., Bentzen, B. L., Cunningham, C. M., & Long, R. (2011). Walking between the lines: Nonvisual cues for maintaining heading during street crossings. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 105 (10), 662-674.

Scott, A. C., Barlow, J. M., Guth, D. A., Bentzen, B. L., Cunningham, C. M., & Long, R. (2011). Nonvisual cues for aligning to cross streets. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 105 (10), 648-661.

Barlow, J. M., Scott, A. C., & Bentzen, B.L. (2009). Audible beaconing with Accessible Pedestrian Signals.  AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 2 (4), 149-158.

Presentations

Sample Presentations:

Scott, A. C., Bentzen, B. L., Barlow, J. M., Guth D. A., & Graham, J. (2014, January). Far-side beaconing for accessible pedestrian signals: Is it confusing?  Paper presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Scott, A. C., Swenson, L. J., Bentzen, B. L., & Barlow, J. M. (2013, January). The effect of countdown-only pedestrian change interval displays on signal recognition by pedestrians with reduced visual acuity.  Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Barlow, J. M., Scott, A. C., Bentzen, B. L., Guth, D. A., & Graham, J. (2013, January). The effectiveness of audible and tactile heading cues for pedestrians who are blind at complex intersections.  Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Barlow, J. M., Bentzen, B. L., Scott, A. C., Guth, D. A., Long, R., & Graham, J. (2012, July). Wayfinding and directional guidance for street crossing. Podium presentation at the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference, Bellevue, WA.

Bentzen, B. L., Barlow, J. M., Guth, D. A., Scott, A. C., & Graham, J. (2012, February). Far-Side beaconing by Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Is it confusing? Podium presentation at the 14th International Mobility Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Guth, D. A., Barlow, J. M., Bentzen, B. L., Scott, A. C., Cunningham, C. M., & Long, R. (2012, February). But do they work? Laboratory studies of nonvisual cues for wayfinding at crosswalks. Podium presentation at the 14th International Mobility Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Scott, A. C., Atkins, K. N., Bentzen, B. L., & Barlow, J. M. (2012, January). Visibility of pedestrian signals by pedestrians with varying levels of vision.  Paper presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Tiemann, T. K., Scott, A. C., & Atkins, K. N. (2011, November). Sidewalks, streetscapes, and walkability.  Paper presented at Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Prato, Italy.

Bentzen, B. L., Myers, L., Scott, A. C., & Barlow, J. M. (2011, January).  Evaluating wayfinding technologies for blind or visually impaired people.  Education session conducted at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

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